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Friday, 28 June 1946

Mr SMITH (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Supply and Shipping whether, as broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission yesterday, the oil companies have decided to continue the petrol pool beyond the date previously announced as the probable date of its termination, and that the pool may now continue until the end of this year? Does the determination of the length of time during which the pool shall continue to operate rest entirely with the oil companies? What effect is the continuation of the pool likely to have on petrol rationing and the price of petrol? Is there any law applicable to cartels? If so, will it be invoked to prevent the continued exploitation by this monopoly of petrol users in Australia?

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